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About Red Burning Sky

A powerfully authentic and thrilling saga based on the true story of Operation Halyard, WWII's most daring and successful rescue mission, from air combat veteran and acclaimed author Tom Young.

Summer 1944: Yugoslavia is locked in a war within a war. In addition to fighting the German occupation, warring factions battle each other. Hundreds of Allied airmen have been shot down over this volatile region, among them American lieutenant Bill Bogdonavich. Though grateful to the locals who are risking theirlives to shelter and protect him from German troops, Bogdonavich dreams of the impossible: escape.

Copies of the book in print, audio, or large print are available at all locations of the Putnam County Library System Click here or the link below to reserve your copy.

Copies of the book are available for purchase at Needful Things 908 St. Johns Ave. Palatka FL 32177


Come join us on March 9th at the GFWC Palatka Club House (600 S 13th St, Palatka Fl) to hear Tom Young share his stories. This evening is free and light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 5:30 PM.

Tom Young served in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Air National Guard.  He has also flown combat missions to Bosnia and Kosovo and additional missions to Latin America, the horn of Africa, and the Far East.  In all, Young logged nearly 5,000 hours as a flight engineer on the C-5 Galaxy and the C-130 Hercules, while flying to almost forty countries.  Military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, three Aerial Achievement Medals, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. Young retired from the Air Guard in 2013 after more than twenty years of service.

In civilian life he spent ten years as a writer and editor with the broadcast division of the Associated Press, and currently he works as an airline pilot based at Reagan National Airport near Washington, D.C.  Young holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Young’s well-received military adventure novels include The Mullah’s Storm, Silent Enemy, The Renegades, The Warriors, and Sand and Fire.

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